The power to shape society, spark innovation and move culture. That’s what the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers to our entering freshman class each year. Combine your ideas, strengths and determination with our world-class faculty, rich diversity and location in the cultural and economic heart of the state. Your brilliant future will start to unfold. Ready to reveal your power as a new freshman at UWM?
If you are an exceptionally strong student, you’ll find plenty of company at UWM, with lots of opportunities for academic challenge. But, in fact, we admit students with a fairly wide range of academic preparation, at all three of our campuses. Here are the main factors we consider:
At least three years literature and composition recommended. Up to one year may be from approved speech, communication, or journalism courses.
College prep courses at or above algebra level (more math is recommended for math intensive majors).
Including at least one year of lab science (more science is recommended for science intensive majors).
|Specific College Prep Electives:
Chosen from above the areas, foreign language, speech/communication, or other academic areas.
Chosen from the above areas, computer science, fine arts (performance courses acceptable), or other appropriate courses.
|Note – Foreign language: Foreign language is not required for admission to UWM, but taking at least two years of a foreign language in high school will speed your path to graduation. To graduate from UWM, a student must complete a foreign language requirement that differs depending on the degree. To receive a bachelor of science degree from UWM, students must take either 2 years of a single foreign language in high school or 2 semesters in college. To receive a bachelor of arts degree in any program in the College of Letters & Science, students must take either 4 years of a single foreign language in high school or 4 semesters in college. To receive any other bachelor of arts degree at UWM, students must take either 2 years of a single foreign language in high school or 2 semesters in college.|
Application Process and Dates
Applications are accepted beginning August 1 for the fall semester with a priority deadline of March 1st. After March 1st, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to review applications on a case-by-case basis until enrollment capacity has been reached.
Apply online at apply.wisconsin.edu
Note: If you are interested in taking summer classes at our branch campuses, UWM at Waukesha or UWM at Washington County, you will need to apply through those campuses. Go to uwc.edu and click on “Apply for Summer 2019” for more information.
Pay the $50 Application Processing Fee
You may pay your fee online when you submit your application. Or, you may log back into your application to submit your fee online later. We also accept a check or money order.
We require official transcripts, sent directly from the school, for all high school and college level work. If you are still in high school, be sure to also list your senior-year classes on the application form.
Send Test Scores
Send Test Scores
New freshmen must submit ACT or SAT test scores. When you take the ACT or SAT, select UW-Milwaukee (ACT school code: 4658; SAT school code: 1473) to have your scores sent directly to us. Submission of ACT/SAT results is not required of freshman applicants age 21 or older. If you have taken Advanced Placement exams (AP), International Baccalaureate exams (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams and would like UWM to evaluate these scores for possible credit, please have your results sent from these testing agencies. Students whose native language is not English and who were not educated in an entirely English-speaking country will likely need to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Soon after we receive your application, we will send you information about how to check the status of your application online, via our PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) student information system. Log onto PAWS to monitor your application “to do” items. Once all of the “to do” items disappear, your file is complete and is ready for an admission decision. During peak times, you may expect to wait 4-6 weeks for a decision.
UW-Milwaukee does have a Residency Policy which states that all first-time students under the age of 21 are expected to live on-campus, where availability allows. There are a few valid reasons to be exempt from this policy. For more information on the process to request an exemption, visit:https://uwm.edu/housing/students/residency-requirement/.
For students attending UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County, you must take your placement tests at your intended campus because the essay component is not offered elsewhere.
If students do not take placement tests, you will not be invited to the Student Advising and Registration program (New Student Orientation). This means you would not be able to register for classes.